Bless Me, Ultima

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Wisdom can only be gained through experience and clarified by speaking with others. In the novel, "Bless Me, Ultima," by Rodolfo Anaya, the main character, Antonio Luna Marez, is on a quest to understand all of the issues present in his life, and gain the wisdom necessary to make important decisions regarding his future. It described the hardships of a young child and how these lessons helped him to begin to understand life. There were many characters within the novel I felt aided in the spiritual development of Antonio, but the one that stands out the most is Ultima, who came to stay with the Marez family because of her old age. Ultima was an essential part of the story, because she provided Antonio with the guidance he needed and yearned for as a growing adolescent. Though she was an central component throughout the novel, the character that I feel who assisted Antonio with discovering spirituality and finding himself, but played a minuet role was Maria Luna Marez, his mother.

Maria Luna Marez, is an extremely devoted Catholic, and tries to raise her children to follow the same ways she has. She is the daughter of a farmer, and the descendant of the first priest of the Luna region. Maria wants very badly for her youngest son Antonio to become a priest. She believes, that he possesses the gift of knowledge, and wants Antonio to follow her Luna-family tradition by growing up to be a calm well-mannered man; she dreams of Antonio becoming a priest, and tries to instill in him the value of knowledge and farming. "You will be like my brothers. You will be a Luna, Antonio. You will be a man of the people, and perhaps a priest (9)," Maria states, as she is trying to tell her son not to worry about his father's brothers, because he wi...

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...elf and where he fit into this life that he had. She made him believe that many things were sins against God, and he would be punished if he so much as thought about them, but she never told him why they were sins and why people continued to do them; so he went on a quest for knowledge to find out what it was his mother along with other people were trying to keep him away from. Maria loved her family, and made sure that she provided for them, but when it came to religion she could only teach them what she had been taught all her life, which provided a biased opinion, in that she believed the the Catholic religion was what was right, and anything else would be a sin against God. She tried to protect Antonio, but everyone knows there is no protect from life, it comes and engulfs us into this whirlpool of situations and tragedies, and we are merely pawns in its game.

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